We have all heard the words "911, what is your emergency?" Whether it is from a segment on the evening news or some personal life experience, we know that there are people standing by to aide us in times of crisis. From the first responders to the trauma team, all work aggressively to help those who are injured.
But what happens to families when the trauma they face is emotional or spiritual in nature? Who rushes in to help a family devastated by the news that their child's life is threatened by addiction or other harmful behaviors? What if the dangerous road they travel results in incarceration?
What if their trauma comes when they learn their child is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or no longer wants to be the gender for which they were born? Or, suppose their child rejects their faith and no longer believes in God? Where is this trauma team that can help stop the bleeding from these invisible wounds that feel equally life threatening?
Many families fear judgement and as a result never dial 911. If they do gain the courage to reach out for help, they may not find the compassion and support needed to survive their trauma.
I know first hand about this type of emotional trauma and how it effects a soul If left unattended, the very life Jesus offered through his death and resurrection may be disrupted. Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10, NIV)
This blog is about God's life-sustaining truths that, if applied, can aide an injured soul. He was the Original First Responder and He knows how to rescue every part of our being. Without Jesus' sacrifice and resurrected life, mankind would be without hope. We were all destined for death until He stepped in and responded with His life!
You may be traumatized by your own personal trauma or perhaps God is asking you to play a part in responding to another's. Whatever the case, I pray that these truths God taught me, help to strengthen you too. Your love may be the difference between real life and death.